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  1. I have found the same as Martin, very confusing and highly complicated process.
  2. Its obviously had the corner broken off(or almost off)
  3. Ive played many Fender Strats and some of the custom shop ones are not particularly impressive ,they look nice but often some of the Squiers play better , certainly not worth the premium price in many cases.
  4. Hi, Any advice urgently needed please. If you sell something to Europe on Ebay from the UK , are the buyers charged Vat/duty directly by Ebay at checkout?? I dont use their Global Shipping programme. Also if they are charged directly at checkout by ebay and i send by UPS or Fedex using a broker like interparcel or parcel2go, what do i put on customs invoice to avoid the buyer being charged vat/duty twice on recipt of the item???? Thanks
  5. The bauwaua ive tried for bows had around the same sort of density as pernambuco ,may just under 1.0 gm/cm3. Though its listed as low as 0.75 for dry weight. i assume like all these woods it varies greatly due to growing region and climate conditions. It was mainly used for cheaper bows of which nearly all ive seen were open trench frog types .(like in your photo). This isnt to say that they all are cheap and unplayable,they vary greatly . A decent bowmaker with experience in woods other than pernambuco can make good playable bows once they understand the woods qualities . But i had a nice almost mint condition Bauwaua Maire workshop viola bow years back with an original conventional frog.
  6. It could be French , of the type someone like Raffin would probably describe as Pajeot - Maire school . The wood does look like Bauwaua (i use this term as its what its locally called when ive bought it in the past direct from British Guyana. The French traders would have known it as Inkassa or Amarjosa which is what its commonly called in French Guiana). It actually is known under over 40 local names in the neighbouring countries like Suriname ,Venezuela, Columbia, Equador and down to Peru and up to Panama and Costa rica.
  7. I use bioethanol in bow alcohol lamps and for dissolving shellac etc... its cheap and never had a problem with it. being in the uk the ingredients will vary a little than in the US but e-NRG are based in LA and their`s is 92% ethanol 8 % isopropanol. https://e-nrg.com/
  8. Martin its temperature when soldering is slightly higher than sterling silver. Ive never had any problem soldering gold.Though it is a little tricker since cadmium fluxes/solders were banned which worked great and at a slightly lower temp but now well known to give off nasty fumes.
  9. should be a relatively easy repair removing the ring , soldering ,tidying up carefully especially the collar area and refitting it.
  10. Not Simon, looking more towards CN Bazin, Cuniot or Ef ouchard , seen this type of bow from these makers before .
  11. The bow looks like possibly a Nicolas Simon
  12. The measurements etc are on the reverse/back of the poster which im kind of guessing you dont realise??
  13. Apart from its not Katalox, ive used katalox quite a bit and its not good for bows and doesnt look like it . Though it is a species of Swartzia of which there are many and even same species can look different depending which region its growing in.
  14. Do you have a photo of the frog and pearl slide? Heres an ironwood Simon school/workshop bow i have , most probably Wamara ironwood. The grain strips look different depending on how off quarter the bow head is . Often relatively straight looking on one side of the head and quite wild on the other side.
  15. Looks like one of the swartzia species from south america to me ,had loads of bows similar , often has a reddish tint depending on the finish and species.
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